Mammography is an X-ray technique which is used to obtain a picture of the breast. X-ray of the breast is performed by exposure of the breast to low ...
The Mammography technology is generally used either for diagnosis or screening purpose in the evaluation of a breast lump
It is used for investigation of suspicious changes in breast such as breast lump, breast pain, unusual skin appearance, thick nipples or discharge in nipples. A diagnostic mammogram consists of additional mammogram images. It is also used to evaluate abnormal findings on a screening mammogram.
This technique is used for finding out breast alterations in women who show observable symptoms of breast abnormalities. The technology can show changes in the breast tissues two years before the patient or the physician starts to feel them.
Preparing for Mammography
During the Mammography
During the procedure, the patient should wear an open wrap from above the waist, the dress is provided by the mammography staff.A technologist will identify the proper position of the patient in front of the machine and will position each breast, one at a time on the mammography equipment. To obtain the best possible images, the positioning of the body and the breasts should be right. For the tissue to become flat, it is compressed between two flat plates.When the compression is complete and the position of the breast is right, the radiologist will stand behind a screen or will leave the room for once.Once it is safe, the radiologist will turn on the X-ray source to allow the transfer of breast images to the X-ray film or the digital detector. The process generally takes 10 – 15 minutes.
What happens after Mammography?